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RATINGS: 362   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.05/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 357   ABV: 11.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Imperial Eclipse Stout aged in Elijah Craig 12 Year Bourbon Barrels

Vintages:
2009 Imperial Eclipse Stout (Elijah Craig) - (Purple Wax)
2011 Imperial Eclipse Stout - (Elijah Craig 12 Year) - (Purple Wax)
2012 Imperial Eclipse Stout - (Elijah Craig 12 Year) - (Purple Wax)
2013 Imperial Eclipse Stout - (Elijah Craig 12 Year) - (Purple Wax)
2014 Imperial Eclipse Stout - (Elijah Craig 12 Year) - (Purple Wax)
2015 Imperial Eclipse Stout - (Elijah Craig 12 Year) - (Purple Wax)


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
riversideAK (6034) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAR 14, 2010
Sharply bourbon strong nose, apples, woody with soft hints of vanilla too. Black pour with cola edges thinnish beige head. Bourbon, vanilla, wood, darker malts, some chocolate, tons of bourbon, like a shot was poured into the beer. Super boozy, thin body. Wow I could have let this sit for a while.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
vtafro (6029) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - MAY 12, 2010
Draft @ NotB. Black pour with tan head.Bourbon, vanilla, oak, chocolate, roasted malt notes, and some light hop notes that are suppressed by this malt dominance and barrel aging.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (6005) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - OCT 14, 2013
From a shared 22 ounce bottle. Creamy chocolate pour and taste. Big bourbon nose and taste. Very rich.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thirdeye11 (5952) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 29, 2010
(22oz purple wax bomber #99/2009 thanks to ericandersnavy) clear ruby brown with oily khaki bubbles. Nose of honey, bourbon, alcohol, chocolate syrup. Taste of maple, alcohol, vanilla bean, honey, milk chocolate, bourbon that’s complex and delicious. Silky smooth mouthfeel.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Countbeer (5906) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - JAN 22, 2016
Bomber @ FiftyFifty Charity Tasting: Vintage : Served in a taster: Black body with brown lacing. Aroma is bourbon, roast, liquorice, raisin... Flavour is roast, bourbon, liquorice, raisin, light bitters, light sweet... Aftertaste is bitter, roast, liquorice, soat, meat... Low carbo, creamy mouthfeel, close to full bodied.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
egajdzis (5893) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 30, 2015
Opaque black with a small tan head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, bourbony alcohol. Taste of vanilla, wood, bourbon, roasted malts, some smoke, fruit, alcohol in the finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nisse666 (5890) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 27, 2014
Wee sample at en Öl och Whiskeymässa 2014, 2014-04-11 Göteborg AR: toffe, coffey, bourbon vanilla AP: dark brown body, wee to na head F: wee alcholic, coffey, whiskey/bourbon vanilla, lighter and less colmplex the 20 year variant

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AirForceHops (5767) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 8, 2014
Adam Jackson’s crazy vertical at my pad, in yet another 650 ml bottle. Aroma shows wood barrel and char malt with some leather and tobacco hints. Nice aroma’s.

Taste is a chocolate richness, mild roasted grain and finishing with bourbon and oak. Medium bodied with some low, creamy carbonation. Nice level of complex bourbon and awesome stout base. Really super smooth… I have never have had the 20 year but this is damn fine.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BoBoChamp (5755) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 2, 2011
65cl, at 9.5%Vol, Vintage 2009 (with purple wax), Bottle N° 1080, exclusive American brew, with honey, thx to Wimenels!, very complex Stout, roasted/sweet and slightly alcoholic/woody, not too heavy, very balanced, hazy, nearly no head, very good Winter brew, yet very expensive!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kramer (5733) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2010
22 oz bottle, via pantanap. Black pour with a small fizzy brown head that fell to a thin ring and a wispy partial covering. The nose is rather boozy and bourbon dominated, but there’s still a lot of good stuff in there as well. Vanilla, light wood, roast, bitter bakers chocolate, a little candied dark fruits. The flavor is pretty well balanced between the barrel and the beer though. There’s plenty of bourbon, but it’s as much focused on the vanilla, roast, oak, and dark roast coffee as the bourbon. Some light alcohol flavor, but it works pretty well with the slight sweetness and the vanilla. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, with a nice lingering vanilla and roast finish. Soft fizzy carbonation helps cut the body well. Pretty nice bourbon barrel stout. Any more booziness and it might have been too much, but I think this worked as it is.


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